From today's National Post.
Re: Please Sir, Can I Have a Tax Break?, Oct 11.
Tasha Kheiriddin and John Williamson seem to be under the illusion that Canadians can handle their money better than the government. Surely the vast sums spent on lotteries is proof that most Canadians do not know how to handle their money.
Would the $20 million sent to Pakistan have been as quickly produced if it had been left to individuals? I gladly pay taxes and expect no direct return because I know the money is being wisely spent for the public good by people who know what they are doing. Their actions are scrutinized; in comparison, who scrutinizes the average Canadian when he wastes money on beer and cigarettes?
Instead of continually complaining about the level of taxation, the directors of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation would do far more for Canada if they limited themselves to suggesting how the government should properly disburse public funds; simply handing the money back to Canadians would be counterproductive.
Paul Jones, Mont St. Hilaire, Que